An advance directive tells your doctor and caregivers what kind of care you would like to receive if you become unable to make medical decisions. Some people make advance directives when they are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness; others put their wishes in writing while they are healthy
Although this topic may be difficult to discuss with your loved ones, it is possible that each of us may lose the ability to have sound judgment concerning medical treatment. If that should happen to you, making decisions about your medical care will be easier if you have previously identified someone to speak on your behalf and have expressed clear wishes about your care.
If you have completed an advance directive prior to your hospital visit, please bring a copy to the hospital and give it to your nurse. Additionally, you should keep a copy in your vehicle and provide a copy to your loved ones and caregivers.
Visit the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for more information about health care advance directives, or to download advance directive forms.